The Political Action Committee that created “Support the Study” believes information supported by documentation is Key West’s best path toward making smart choices in the future. Support the Study is committed to three goals:
Our future depends on integrating a sustainable environment, economy and quality of life. Our future depends on understanding the often conflicting facts and figures.
Support the Study believes the best decisions come when differing points of view are aired in civil, open forums. Disagreement is expected. It need not be disruptive.
Vote “YES” on Oct. 1
Support The Referendum
The Oct. 1 referendum is not a decision on widening the channel. It is a commitment to gather the information for future choices on the environment, economy and quality of life.
Marine biologist Sandy Walters explains the differences between nature-created (long term) and ship-created (short term) turbidity. Turbidity occurs when the silty sand on the ocean bottom is disturbed. You can create your own “silt plume” just by walking through the water. ... Read More
Marine biologist Sandy Walters explains the broad-based working group study that concluded there is “no scientific evidence” to support claims that turbidity caused by ships has a detrimental effect on the environment in Key West harbor. ... Read More
By Bobby Bernreuter People against the widening of the channel are inclined to say that those in favor of the study are “a few greedy people” who want to do this study without regard for the environmental consequences. This is false. The working people of Key West are all dependent on the success of the […] ... Read More
This is the language, approved by study supporters, opponents, and city leaders, as it will appear on your ballot on October 1, 2013. By a 4-2 vote, Key West City Commissioners officially approved the referendum language May 21.
“Shall the City of Key West request that the Army Corps of Engineers conduct a comprehensive feasibility study, at no monetary cost to the City, to determine the environmental, economic and social impacts of widening the Key West Main Ship Channel for use by modern and longer cruise ships while also addressing navigational safety?”
Yes or No.
5 Ways to Support the Study
If you believe the best decisions are based in solid information, you can Support the Study.